Bitroot x SDGs

Bitroot and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

What are the SDGs?

The Sustainable Development Goals, short SDGs, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. The SDGs are collected in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and describe actionable goals to push the sustainable development of humans on earth. They are aimed to be highly inclusive, considering all societies and regions. The SDGs are published by the United Nations. Connected to the 17 broad goals, shown on the map below, are over 160 specific targets to measure the progress.

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The preamble for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development reads:

This Agenda is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. It also seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom. We recognise that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development. All countries and all stakeholders, acting in collaborative partnership, will implement this plan. We are resolved to free the human race from the tyranny of poverty and want and to heal and secure our planet. We are determined to take the bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path. As we embark on this collective journey, we pledge that no one will be left behind. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets which we are announcing today demonstrate the scale and ambition of this new universal Agenda. They seek to build on the Millennium Development Goals and complete what these did not achieve. They seek to realize the human rights of all and to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. They are integrated and indivisible and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental.

The Goals and targets will stimulate action over the next fifteen years in areas of critical importance for humanity and the planet, namely People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace and Partnership.

How does Bitroot relate to the SGDs?

Bitroot is well aware of the SDGs. In fact, sustainability has been the core idea since the beginning of the project which resulted in Bitroot. Out of all 17 goals, Bitroot tackles the following goals quite specifically and we are proud to make an impact.

One might wonder why Bitroot does not focus on one goal instead. The answer lies in the goals' nature of being interconnected - often the key to success on one will involve tackling issues more commonly associated with another. This will be clear when reading through the next sections, which describe how Bitroot interferes and relates to the goals.

Following are the targets that we see as our main focus. We strive to have a strong impact in those. Below are the other goals where we see potential impact.

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.

By 2050 there are expected to be about 9 billion people on the blue marble. By 2030 the middle class will double in size. These people have usually enough money to demand a variety of goods for food. The global food production has to be increased to actually be able to meet and feed the demands, while still fighting climate change and being responsible and sustainable at the same time. By giving a competitive edge to locally producing farmers, often with smaller greenhouses, we work towards a decentralised food production. The global food production has to be increased to actually be able to meet and feed the demands of a growing middle class. A decentralized system is more resilient and suited to responsibly and sustainably fight climate change.

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Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.

By monitoring and automating a large part of the growing process the applied resources will be used in the most efficient way which results in the least amount of waste. Working with high efficiency, meaning doing the right things in the best possible way, is the responsible way how to treat any resource, it being time, energy, water or anything else. The gained knowledge will help and train the system from within.

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Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

Probably the leading goal and unifying the team in its motivation. Climate change needs immediate action on all levels of our society. Bitroot strives to lower the need for food imports by promoting local agriculture; even in remote regions (e.g. northern Sweden), where agriculture is otherwise not feasible without constant monitoring of growing conditions.

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These are the other goals we believe our work also touches upon, though less specifically. We are proud to have a potential impact on them as well.

  • Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

    By lowering the work through automation and shifting the remaining work towards human strengths, the life quality can be increased. You could simply just read a book at night.

  • Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.

    We work towards a decentralised food production by giving a competitive edge to locally producing farmers. Many people depend on this large industry, both for work and food.

  • Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.

    Decentralized food production is more resilient because a natural disaster would only have an impact on the local level. Thus strong networks are needed, but “everyday” food imports can be lowered drastically.

  • Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

    Growing a city’s food in its suburbs and potentially even inside the city decreases the need for transportation and increases food quality and resilience.

  • Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.